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Address for donations only:
Great Dane Angle Network
501 Ridge Country Road
Haslet, TX 76052  


100% of all donated funds go directly to the Medical costs, feeding, equipment, and other direct costs of rescuing Great Danes. There are no overhead costs such as staffing of offices, salaries, etc.

Thank you for your generosity!

   Feeding Your Great Dane

Feeding Your Great Dane

A good quality adult food, that is no more than 23% protein and no less than 12% fat, should be fed to Danes of ALL ages. Puppy food or growth formula foods should never be fed to Great Dane puppies. They grow fast enough without the encouragement that growth and puppy formulas provide.

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Great Danes are very susceptible to bloat and torsion, so the less stress on the gastrointestinal tract the better. Good highly digestible diets are a MUST for this breed, and many even recommend a RAW food diet, aka BARF. (For more info on RAW or BARF diet, visit www.barfdiet.com, or www.barfers.com/barf.html.)  Great Danes should never be “free fed”.  They should have 2 small meals per day. You should never soak kibble as a means of preventing bloat.  Great Danes should be fed 3-4 times daily as pups, decreasing to 2-3 times a day at around age 6 months.  It can be dangerous to feed a Dane only once a day, due to the increased chance of bloat and stomach torsion. You can also decrease the chance of this by limiting activity at least 60-90 minutes following a meal and 30-60 minutes prior.  Great Danes should be fed with their food raised off of the floor. There are commercially made raised feeding tables that can be purchased at pet supply stores.  Or you can feed them on a kitchen chair, stool, etc. This helps lessen the air intake during feeding and will prevent the dog from straining his back at mealtime.

Recommended foods for Great Danes and Giant/Large Breeds include the following:

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Back to Basics  1-800-219-2558 or www.backtobasicspetfood.com

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Eagle Brand only Holistic Select   1-800-255-5959

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Innova and Karma (switch over slowly) 1-800-532-7261- Available @ Canine Commissary

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Health Wise (from folks that make Innova) - Available at Canine Commissary.

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Wellness Super 5 Mix (baked kibble) (switch over slowly) - Available @ Canine Commissary

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Muenster Natural  1-800-772-7178 - Available at Canine Commissary & Feed Stores

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Wysong 1-800-748-0188. Tx. Distributor  www.wysong,net/st/tx.htm
Solid Gold Millennium - Available @ Canine Commissary & 1-877-LMRPETS (1-877-567-7387)

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California Natural - Available @ Canine Commissary

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Authority  - Available @ Canine Commissary, Petsmart & Petco

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Canidae 1-800-398-1600    www.canidae.com

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Timberwolf Organics  1- 863-439-0049     www.timberwolforganics.com

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Merrick Pet Foods  Cowboy Cookout  1-800-664-7387   www.merrickpetcare.com

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Newmans Own Organics “Chicken and Rice”   1-800-465-8266  www.newmansownorganics.com

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Natural Balance Ultra Premium 1-800-829-4493    available at Canine Commissary

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RAW Suppliers and Products

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BONE- Affied Nutrition! 1-214-529-8355 D/FW Distributor Buddy’s chicken, Bravo,  BARFworld. 

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Farmore frozen RAW diet - Avail @ T-Bone’s Legacy for Canines (817-361-9855), & Canine Commissary

NOTE:  many of the above quality foods can be found at Canine Commissary 1-972-985-3900

 

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Missing Link as a supplement to the nutritional gaps that even high quality processed dog foods may have.  Available at Canine Commissary, Petsmart, Petco and feed stores.  1-800-774-7398

If you do not see your Brand of food listed above, then it is not one that we recommend for your pets! 

Just what constitutes the most appropriate diet is quite a controversial subject and there are as many opinions as there are brands on the market.  The following information is important to understanding what you are feeding and is compiled from “The Nature of Animal Healing” by Dr. Martin Goldstein, DVM, and “Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats” by Dr. Shawn Messonnier, DVM.

There are at least three classifications of pet food:

Generic Diets - the least expensive and also the least healthful for your dog. These are made with the cheapest ingredients and fillers, such as animal and plant by-products.  They are likely to contain numerous chemical preservatives and additives.  Owners should steer away from this type of food because health problems, due to nutritional deficiencies, may result.

Premium Foods - available at most pet stores and vet. clinics.  They usually have higher quality ingredients, however, you must read the labels! Many contain animal and plant products raised with chemicals and hormones. For many of these diets, the only premium thing about them is their price!

Natural Diets - the most premium of foods. These diets usually contain nothing artificial. They use natural preservatives. Instead of by-products, they use more expensive quality products. Depending on the brand, these products are raised naturally, with no chemicals or hormones. However, some of these diets can also rely heavily on grains.  Be wary! Many companies are seeing the potential for financial benefits creating their own “natural diet”, often leaving the consumer to pick which food is better.  The term “natural” is open to interpretation and can be very misleading.

Learn to read the labels and know what the ingredients are!

What are “by-products” in protein?  It is impossible to know what exactly makes up by-products because no law governs what can and can’t be used.  As a rule, meat “by products” includes heads, feet, viscera (internal organs such as heart, lungs, thorax, abdomen), beaks, feet, hooves hair, mammary glands, connective tissue and feathers. Unless stated as “Human Grade Meat” most meats come from rendered animal substances such as dead animals, dying animals, diseased animals disabled animals and drugged animals. Meat does not refer to choice human grade cuts, unless otherwise stated on the packaging. While organ meats (kidneys, liver) have high protein value, the high amino acid content of hooves, hair and connective tissue can’t possibly meet the minimum needs of your pets.

What are the carbohydrates in pet food?  As is the case with proteins, some carbohydrates are better than others. Rice is an easily digested starch, brown being preferred to white. Potato or macaroni are 2nd and 3rd choices for carbohydrates.  Soybeans are not easily digested by dogs.  Certain breeds such as Akita, Doberman, German Shepherd and Labs tend to be allergic to soybean. Soybean meal does not refer to the soybeans but to the husks left on the ground.  Beans, wheat and oats are not easily digested either. Ground corn or corn meal is regarded by many as the worst carbohydrate. It is not easily digested and some dogs exhibit many different reactions to corn.

Common chemical preservatives

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    Propylene glycol - a compound whose molecular structure is nearly identical to ethylene glycol, which is antifreeze. Used in most semi-moist pet foods to keep them fresh looking. bullet

    Fructose corn syrup - Corn syrup is not only useless to pets, it can actually be harmful, over stimulating the production of insulin and potentially causing diabetes or other diseases. bullet

    Propyl gallate - a preservative that doctors believe causes liver damage. bullet

    Sodium carboxy-methyl-cellulose - an edible plastic filler that used to be put into thick shakes at some fast food franchises to make them thicker, until the FDA outlawed it…. for human consumption. bullet

    Cellulose gum and guar gum - all used to bind poultry beak bits, ground bones, and other ingredients into chunks, burger or kibble. bullet

    BHA and BHT- almost universally used. Can cause allergic reactions and affects liver and kidneys. Both are suspected carcinogens. BHT is sometimes labeled as GRAS. bullet

    Ethylenediamine - used as a substance to promote color retention in food. Irritates the skin and mucous membranes. Can lead to asthmatic reactions and skin allergies. bullet

    Potassium sorbate - a preservative used to preserve things that weren’t preserved before they went into the food! bullet

    Ethoxyquin - Originally concocted by Mansanto in the 1950’s originally as a rubber stabilizer. It is the major preservative in tires. As a synthetic antioxidant, it works the same magic in your dogs’ food, keeping fats from turning rancid, so that the food is more or less edible, forever. Ethoxyquin has been associated with a staggering array of medical complications including infertility, neonatal illness, skin and hair coat problems, immune disorders, thyroid, pancreas, and liver dysfunction and behavioral disorders. bullet

    MSG (monosodium glutamate) - functions as a flavor enhancer. In people can cause severe headache and a tingling in the fingers. bullet

    Sodium metabisulphite - In people has been linked to weakness, loss of consciousness and brain damage. bullet

    Sugar, sorbitol - used as a sweetener. May relate to diabetes and is an empty source of calories.

Natural preservatives

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    Mixed tocopherols - natural preservative made from Vitamin E. Does not keep food as long as chemical preservatives. bullet

    Ascorbic Acid - Natural source of preservative made from Vitamin C.

Are any chemicals safe? A number of chronic disorders, such as various cancers, immune diseases, arthritis and allergies, are blamed on the use of chemical preservatives in pet food. Although direct proof of this is lacking, these chemicals are not inert and can be metabolized in the intestines and absorbed by our pets.

To summarize, when selecting a commercially prepared dog food, chose one with the least number of by-products, fillers and chemical preservatives. Processed foods purport to be complete and balanced. Consumers feed them because they are convenient and easy. Yet processing removes many of the ingredients that are not added back to the diet after high heat processing. For this reason, a baked food is preferred to any other. While cost of the ingredients in a natural diet is higher than generic or premium foods, the health benefits and lesser amount of food needed at each feeding compensates for the higher price.

Recommended reading: bullet

“Whole Dog Journal” subscription – www.whole-dog-journal.com or 1-800-829-9165 bullet

“RAW dog food-make it easy for you and your dog”- Carina Beth MacDonald bullet

 “The Nature of Animal Healing” by Dr. Martin Goldstein, DVM bullet

“Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats” by Dr. Shawn Messonnier, DVM bullet

“Complete Guide for Natural Health for Dogs and Cats” by Dr. Pitcairn bullet

“Foods Pets Die For” by Ann Martin bullet

“Ultimate Diet, Natural Nutrition for Dogs” by Kymythy Schultze    

Created as a courtesy of Great Dane Angel Network, Inc. by Dusti Summerbird-Lockey
 

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